The NBA is a point guard driven league. Look at personnel on the top teams in the Association. With just a couple exceptions, the best teams in the league have stellar point guard play. After the point guard position, the power forward position is emerging as the deepest talent pool in the league.
What’s been lost in the NBA is great play from the shooting guard position. Having a great shooting guard isn’t a necessity anymore. Just look at the San Antonio Spurs for proof. Gregg Popovich used a platoon of players at the shooting guard position last year, and none of them are superstars anymore. Danny Green is an elite three-point shooter, Manu Ginobili is past his prime but still a crafty offensive weapon, and Marco Belinelli can shoot it with the best of them, but struggles in other facets of the game. None of those guys – at least at this point in their careers – could carry the offense alone. Read More »
/ Oct 1, 2014 / 10:45 am
This is a pretty crazy comment from Timberwolves wing Kevin Martin. His former teammate and fellow Kevin, Kevin Love, was officially traded to the Cavaliers back on Aug. 23. Martin, who spends part of his offseason in Ohio — OHIO!!! — told the Minneapolis Star Tribune‘s Jerry Zgoda he didn’t find out about the deal until this past Sunday, the day before training camp. Read More »
Last night, Cleveland traded Carrick Felix, a 2015 second-round pick and cash considerations to the Utah Jazz in exchange for John Lucas III, Malcolm Thomas and Erik Murphy. The actual players changing teams in the deal aren’t that significant, it’s the non-guaranteed nature of their contracts that clears the way for a possible Kevin Love trade. Read More »
Before the 2014 NBA All-Star Weekend, we knew which studs would be playing, but that was never the fun part. We’d rather talk about who should’ve made it. Did you really think Anthony Davis deserved to be an All-Star before DeMarcus Cousins? The season that Cousins is having still blows my mind that he didn’t make the All-Star team, although we all know why: His team is terrible. Read More »
When you think of Kevin Martin, you think of his odd slanted shooting motion, and the gaggle of free throws he used to draw as the primary scoring option for the Kings and the Rockets. Or you think of how lopsided the James Harden trade worked out for Houston (sorry K-Mart, but it’s true). But you also think of three-pointers because, despite the awkward form, he’s hit them at better than 38 percent for his career. So his two-handed slam in the mug of Tayshaun Prince on Friday night might make you re-evaluate his athleticism. Read More »
/ Jan 10, 2014 / 1:30 pm
There’s a clear difference in a team that’s attempting to tank and a team that is flat out bad. There are teams that are constructed to be bad. Take the Philadelphia 76ers for example. The roster consists of players like Elliot Williams, Lorenzo Brown, James Anderson and Brandon Davies. Bless your soul if you know who any of those players are. Read More »
/ Jan 8, 2014 / 1:30 pm
If there’s one thing to be learned about the NBA, it’s that a championship can’t be won on the back of one player. How obvious was this last season in the playoffs when Russell Westbrook was injured and the Thunder relied completely on Kevin Durant isolations? Even with Durant being one of the top three players in the league, he couldn’t will a team to a playoff series victory by himself. Read More »
We can’t show these enough, even if an outlet pass isn’t as sexy as a monstrous dunk, or a blistering dribble move. But there’s an art in the outlet pass, and Kevin Love has become the NBA’s Jeff Koons â€” turning the banal into the beautiful and transcendent. On Wednesday night, Love snagged the rebound away from his own teammate, Nikola Pekovic, and found a streaking Kevin Martin for the reverse layup. The timing and trajectory of the pass has to be just so, like the tulips in Koons’ Puppy. Read More »
/ Dec 26, 2013 / 3:00 pm
In a way, the Most Improved Player award is almost a pre-MVP award. It forecasts the next generation of superstars. Paul George won the Most Improved Player award last season and now he’s a leading candidate for MVP. Previous winners of the award also include Kevin Love, Danny Granger, Monta Ellis and Zach Randolph. Read More »
Player values are officially set in stone now, so it’s time to update the Top 50. There aren’t too many drastic differences, but certainly there are some changes worth noting.
The biggest jump, once again, goes to Anthony Davis, who’s up 18 spots since the preseason edition, and Andre Drummond, who’s up an incredible 25 spots. You’ll notice that I came around on ranking injured players. It still leaves too much up for debate in my mind, but Anthony Davis’s needed presence was the deal breaker. Read More »